A number of Big O Tire Stores Inc. franchisees expanded their businesses with recent outlet additions in Arizona and Colorado. The Storms family boosted its combined number of franchises to six, with the addition of two Arizona locations-including an outlet in Sedona, owned by Ted Storms Sr.
``I've been fishing there since I was in grade school...it's always been a lovely area,'' he said of the region, located about 20 miles northeast of his Cottonwood, Ariz., store.
Mr. Storms' daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Michael Kromrie, will handle the day-to-day operations at the Sedona locations.
In May, Mr. Storms' brother, David, and David's wife, Fran, opened their second Big O location with an outlet in Show Low, Ariz.
The six-bay shop, located about 11 miles north of their original location in Lakeside, Ariz., soon will sponsor community events, according to David Storms.
``We like doing things like sponsoring little league teams,'' he said. ``In small towns like these, people really appreciate the support.''
Members of the Storms family also own Big O locations in Payson, Ariz., and Phoenix.
Dean and Scott Stone put a unique twist on the typical Big O store when they opened their fifth location in Basalt, Colo., on the outskirts of the White National Forest.
The store-front features a 1920s motif with a ``rough cabin'' look, antique wood, a Big O sign illuminated by flood lights and a showroom with an Elk chandelier.
Painted with the green and tan colors of the National Park Service, the four-bay store also features a room that serves as a training school, offices and a one-bedroom apartment that the Stones are renting. The store cost $1.2 million to build-about twice the amount the family typically spends on its new locations, Big O said.
Two partners opened their second Big O location: an outlet in Val Vista Lakes, a subdivision of Gilbert, Ariz.
Lamoine Gunnell-whose father, Darwin, was a founding dealer of Big O Tires- and Jim Veater, opened the newly constructed six-bay store after partnering in their first location in Mesa, Ariz.
Mr. Veater's son, Devon-a.k.a. ``Boomer''-and his nephew, Ben Green, will manage the new location.
has opened its 14th location- a retail outlet in Norwood, Ohio.
The six-bay store will sell tires and perform alignments, brake work and oil changes.
The company also plans to build a location in Aurora, Ind., next year.